A devastated father has paid tribute to his 19-year-old son who passed away from COVID-19.
Luca Di Nicola had no underlying health conditions when he died from the virus at a London hospital. He had visited his GP with symptoms of coronavirus but was told he had ‘nothing to worry about’ and was given paracetamol.
However, his symptoms did not improve and he was taken to North Middlesex Hospital after he collapsed and his lips ‘turned purple.’
Sadly, Luca died the next day.
His heartbroken father, Mirko Di Nicolahas, said to La Repubblica newspaper that he received a letter from North Middlesex Hospital confirming his child had tested positive for coronavirus.
Paying tribute to his chef son, who worked in his mother Clarissa’s Italian restaurant, brokenhearted Mirko said: “Luca has been tested positive for coronavirus. Rest in peace my little angel, keep on flying. You are in our souls.”
Luca’s brother, Davide di Nicola, also wrote on Instagram: “We both grew and matured and you, surely more mature than me, had the courage and the desire to bring new goals.
“Cooking, your greatest passion would have taken you far. This Carnival photo represents one of the few hangovers taken together, I drank a little to tell the truth but I had a lot of fun staring at you and holding you.
“I would have liked to spend so many other days and evenings with you and I swear that I will take you with me every day, on every occasion, every time I take the field.
“I will try to express some of your wishes and fulfil part of your dreams, it will be like doing it together also because you are here with me and you will always be. I send you a hug up there, to that starred restaurant.
“I love you my brother!”
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